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From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey Paperback – December 2, 2003
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“A page-turner…deeply moving, beautifully written, and most inspiring. My heart was filled with joy and gratitude.” (Nien Chang, author of Life and Death in Shanghai)
“Rich, vivid and never..cloying...a marvelous book, full of pity, yearning and wisdom.” (Sunday Telegraph)
“A magical story, full of richness and subtlety, told with the instinctive touch of a true writer.” (Mail on Sunday)
“A distinguished accomplishment that radiates both intelligence and spiritual awareness.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“A heartbreaking tale, told with lyricism, affection and insight.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“The best memoir you will read this year.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“Unique as much for the riveting story it tells as for the sublime way it is told.“ (Seattle Times)
“[A] writer of uncommon elegance and sensitivity.” (New York Times Book Review)
Top Customer Reviews
"From the Land of Green Ghosts" is more than an autobiography and more than a history: it is a testament to a young man's persistent search for truth and a place in life where he can just be happy. The author's prosaic language is suited well for the narrative, and a fine example of how well the author learned English in so short a time when his goals were achieved.
It is also a sorrowful tale because the woes of the Burmese remain, the grip is still retained by the military junta. I highly recommend this book, as well as "The Stone of Heaven" by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark.
On a second level I admired Pascal Khoo Thwe because I'm an American, grandson of immigrants who left traditional villages in Russia for a new life, a freer life, in America. Odysseys like Khoo Thwe's form the essence of the American experience, but perhaps few are so dramatic---from university student, to jungle fighter to student at Cambridge University to published author. I can easily see the difficulties of becoming a new man (my family took the last name "Newman", but the real story is long) in a new country. I recalled Sir Albert Maori Kiki, a Papua New Guinean born into a Stone Age village, but who became a pathologist and high ranking Minister in his newly-independent country. I once had read his book, "Kiki: Ten Thousand Years in a Lifetime" and had been inspired by it.
This leads me to admire the book on a third level.Read more ›
Thwe is unpretentious and perceptive. He has a gift for language few possess (indeed, English is not his first, second or even third language.) Still, the author fears that none of these assets exist in him. He is mistaken
Yet while it may sound like self-deception -- escaping jungle warfare to attend an elite college in order to "help" his people -- the book undoes this assumption. Admittedly, it is easier to write flowing prose in England as opposed to dodging mortars (or succumbing to malaria) along the Thai-Burmese border; but it is hard to imagine that any rebel fighter could have better informed the world about Burma's plight than is offered here by Pascal Khoo Thwe.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading Pascal Khoo Thwe's account of his upbringing in the hill villages of rural Burma affected me deeply at a number of levels. Read morePublished 10 days ago by keetmom
An excellent read despite the remote and unfamiliar setting, or maybe because of it. Bravo. A remarkable true tale of survival. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cathy B. Howe
The story of a hill tribe member in Myanmar living through the period of take over by the military. Provides fascinating insights into the situation.Published 17 months ago by Reader_CEM
An engaging, behind-the-scenes look at the years of Burmese repression by a sensitive, intelligent native lad possessed of the dogged determination to both tell his story and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by JIM
The life of a young man from the Burmese tribe, Padaung, is depicted with vivid memories of his journey from the violent military regime of Ne Win to the prestigious campus of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mirna
This is a story widely available in Myanmar/Burma today. Many there have read it and it is well worth the read especially if you are planning to visit.Published 18 months ago by Terpsichore
I read this book while on vacation in Myanmar. It's just perfect. The three parts of the book take you through the author's amazing life: from growing up in a remote area of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anna M van der Heijden
Wow!!! While this book begins rather slowly, the author's naïveté and sincerity pulled me into his world, and by the time I had finished it, I felt a kinship with him. Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by Geri Fridy